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Growing farmers in New York City

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Farm School NYC is only in its first year and the interest among New Yorkers is overwhelming. Apparently, the city is fertile ground for farmers.

Barry Rothstein never imagined he'd be harvesting anything let alone mint in Brooklyn, but barry's enrolled in Farm School NYC.

"I really think Farm School is a fantastic program a light bulb went on and the opportunity in our back yard," Rothstein said.

Farm School NYC launched last year, created here in the City so that New Yorkers don't need to leave the area to learn how to farm.

150 people applied for the first 15 spots in the 2 year certificate program in urban agriculture. People can also sign up for individual classes, and while some of the classes are taught inside, most of the action happens in the fields. The Bushwick Farm Campus is run by Ecostation.

Public high school students like Kevin Ribot work alongside farm school students, cultivating not just the land but the community.

For more information about Farm School NYC, please visit www.justfood.org/farmschoolnyc

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